Easiest Green Cleaning Methods from the Tidiest Manhattan Homes

Easiest Green Cleaning Methods from the Tidiest Manhattan HomesTake advantage of the green movement to remove chemicals from your home and improve your indoor air quality. With easy green cleaning methods, you can keep your Manhattan home clean and tidy between maid service visits. Here are a few tips to make keeping your home easy on you and safe for the environment.

The Benefits of Going Green

Removing the toxins from your home is good for your family’s health. You won’t have to worry about children accidentally ingesting something dangerous when those chemicals are kept out of the house. Pets sometimes lick the floors, but you won’t have to worry about them getting sick if you use safe, natural cleaners.

Avoid chronic headaches and breathe easier by choosing cleaners that won’t produce dangerous fumes. It’s surprisingly easy to adopt green cleaning methods, and they are just as effective as many harsh chemicals. With so many green options available right in your kitchen cabinets, going green is also gentle on your wallet.

Dusting with Microfiber Cloths

Chemical free and reusable, microfiber cloths are an excellent choice for everyday cleaning. The cloths trap dust and dirt and hold it in place to prevent it from drifting around the room. Soft enough for use on your fine wood furniture, the cloths can be sent through the washer and dryer after they have been used.

Homemade Wood Polishers

When we clean your apartment and dust, we will use a polish to clean your wood furniture. However, there may be times when you want to touch it up in between visits. Mix the juice from one lemon with a teaspoon of water and a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply a small amount to the surface and allow it to soak in for five minutes. Buff and shine the wood with a clean, soft cloth to shine and nourish the wood.

Air Fresheners

Commercial air fresheners are expensive, and the floral scents are sometimes too much for people who suffer from allergies. We offer green cleaners to leave a natural, fresh smell in your home. If you want to freshen the air yourself, try using natural solutions. Purchase cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Mix a combination of the spices in a pot of water and let it simmer on the stove. You can also put the mixture in your coffee carafe and let it sit on the warm burner of your coffeepot. A few drops of essential oil in water will also put a nice scent in the air.

Banish Carpet Stains

Vacuum carpets regularly to remove dirt and dust before it grinds into the carpet. Your first line of defense, regular vacuuming will keep the carpets looking fantastic. There may come a point when stains mar the beauty of your carpet, but there are green solutions for stains. With these eco-friendly techniques, you can keep your carpets looking and feeling great.

Keep a collection of clean white towels on hand for blotting carpet spills and stains. When an accident happens during a party, don’t panic. Reach for the clean towels and club soda. Blot up as much of the stain as possible using the dry, clean towels. Next, pour the soda over the stain and allow it to fizz. Continue blotting with clean towels and applying club soda until the stain fades and vanishes.

Dried gum on the carpets can be infuriating, but there is hope for removing it. Use an ice cube to harden the gum, and then gently pry it off the fibers with a butter knife. Grease in the carpet can be removed by sprinkling it with cornmeal and allowing it to sit for five minutes. Use a mixture of vinegar and water to gently clean away the stain and cornmeal. After it dries, vacuum up what remains of the solution.

Help for Grease

Equal parts of white vinegar and water can be mixed together to form an amazing cleaner that will cut through grease, destroy mildew and eliminate odors. The vinegar smell is initially unpleasant, but it will fade quickly to leave you with a surface that is clean and free of chemical odors. Safe for use on most hard surfaces, it’s an excellent bathroom and kitchen cleaner when you need a quick cleanup.

Another option for removing grease is baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on the cooktop and add a few drops of water to form a paste. Let it sit for a minute before scrubbing it in to remove grease and shine the cooktop.

Eliminate Bathroom Stains

Stains on your porcelain sinks and fixtures are an eyesore, but you don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals. Our trained staff members can remove stains for you, but there are also green steps you can take at home. Undiluted vinegar or lemon juice are both excellent for removing stains. Simply pour the liquid on the stain, allow it to sit and then scrub the area with a stiff brush. Buff the area with a dry cloth to shine the surface afterwards.

After you polish the porcelain and remove stains, you can use a little lemon juice to shine the faucet. Simply rub the juice around the faucet and allow it to sit overnight. The next morning, rub off the lemon juice with a damp cloth to remove lime scale and leave the faucet gleaming. Lemon also removes hard water stains, so you can keep your shower sparkling without hash chemicals.

Before you get in the shower, sprinkle some baking soda into the commode. Swirl it around with the brush, and let it sit while you take your shower. When you get out, flush the commode to rinse it. It will be clean without heavy chemicals or scrubbing.

Non-Abrasive Cleaners

You don’t want to use abrasive cleaners on surfaces like glass-top ranges and fiberglass tubs. Baking soda is a safe cleaner that won’t scratch these surfaces. Scouring the surface to remove dirt, mildew and stains, it rinses away clean.

Make a paste by mixing a small amount of water with the baking soda. Improve the cleaning power of the solution by adding a few drops of dish detergent with the baking soda instead of water. The mixture is a powerful cleaner that will not scratch, and it rinses clean without leaving a residue behind.

Remove Fingerprints from Glass

Chemical glass cleaners have an unpleasant smell, and they tend to streak. White vinegar, however, is a green class cleaner that is highly effective when used with old newspapers. Spray a little vinegar on the glass with a spray bottle, and then wipe it off using the dry newspaper. You only need two tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with a gallon of water, so this is also a very cost-effective cleaner.

Shine Wood Floors with Tannic Acid

Boil two teabags in water and then add the solution to a gallon of water. Put a soft cloth in the solution and then wring it out. The cloth only needs to be slightly damp. The tannic acid will nourish and shine the floors, and the solution dries quickly. With a short drying time, this green cleaning method is perfect for when you need the floors polished but don’t have a lot of time.

Sand Away Grout Stains

Grout stains drag down the look of your entire tile floor or bathtub, but you don’t have to live with them. We have special cleaners designed to remove these stains and refresh the look of your tile. You can also tackle the unsightly grout stains at home with a little sandpaper. With the paper folded in half with the grit facing out, gently sand the grout to eliminate stains.

Fresh Smelling Garbage Disposal

Make your garbage disposal smell better by dropping citrus peels in the system. The peels will clean the blades while removing any residual odor. Your disposal will smell fresh, and the entire kitchen will smell like the fruit.

Baking soda is also an excellent choice for eliminating odors in the garbage disposal. Pour between one-quarter and one-half a cup of baking soda down the disposal. Follow it with one-half a cup of vinegar. The mixture will bubble for a few minutes, and your disposal will smell fresh and clean when you run water down the drain as a rinse.

Choose a Green Cleaning Company

Going green is good for the environment and your health. Choose a cleaning company that embraces eco-friendly business practices and offers green cleaning supplies.

We use Method cleaners throughout the home. Naturally-derived cleaners, they absorb dirt rather than trying to degrade it. Your home is left clean, sparkling and fresh-smelling. Safe for families with pets, children and people with respiratory problems, our green cleaning solutions are also safe for the environment.

When you are ready to enjoy the benefits of green cleaning, call 1st Class Cleaning at 800-309-7881 to see how we can help. Dedicated to providing you with a clean house, we offer eco-friendly cleaning solutions for your benefit. Contact us to learn more about our green cleaning services and how we can make your home both cleaner and safer.

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